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Boosting Scientific Publications in Africa: Which IPRs Protection Channels Matter?

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  • Simplice A. Asongu

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This paper examines how Africa’s share in the contribution to global scientific knowledge can be boosted with existing intellectual property rights (IPRs) mechanisms. The findings which broadly indicate that tight IPRs are correlated with knowledge contribution can be summarized in two main points. First, the enshrinement of IPRs laws in a country’s constitution is a good condition for knowledge economy. Secondly, while main intellectual property (IP) laws, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties, and bilateral treaties are positively correlated with scientific publications, the IPRs law channels have a negative correlation. Whereas the study remains expositional, it does however offer interesting insights into the need for IPRs in the promotion of knowledge contribution within sampled countries of the continent. Other policy implications are discussed.

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  • Simplice A. Asongu, 2017. "Boosting Scientific Publications in Africa: Which IPRs Protection Channels Matter?," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 8(1), pages 197-210, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jknowl:v:8:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s13132-015-0268-1
    DOI: 10.1007/s13132-015-0268-1
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    Publications; Intellectual property rights; Governance; Africa;
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    JEL classification:

    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa

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